Trio tackle Channel in aid of kid’s charity

Sean Collins swimming the Channel
Sean Collins swimming the Channel

A trio of swimmers took on the English Channel in a one-way relay to help a children’s charity.

Paul Harris, from Augustus Way, St Leonards, Sean Collins, from Bexhill and Victoria Malone, who lives in Battle, took 13 hours and 45 minutes to complete the challenge, raising more than £2,500 for Charity for Kids.

Paul and Sean are now tackling Lake Windermere this weekend, swimming the 11-mile lake to try and boost the funds up to £5,000 for the three-year-old charity.

Sean, owner of Sean’s Swim School, was the first to reach the French coast at Cap Griz Nez at the end of the Channel swim.

All three set off from Dover at 10.30am on August 1, arriving in France early the next morning. Each swam for an hour, taking it in turns, and had a support crew on a boat along the way.

Paul, founder and chairman of Charity for Kids, said: “The first seven hours of the swim saw waves of three to five feet, which made us take on a lot of water.

“At times it seemed as though we were in a washing machine. But in the afternoon the sea calmed down, as we approached the Separation Zone, the zone between English and French shipping lanes.

“Sean was the successful swimmer who ended the relay Channel swim by landing on Cap Gris Nez in the early hours the next morning.

“All of us would like to thank the support crew who gave up their time to help with the challenge. Without them we would not have been able to swim the English Channel.

“Sean and I will this weekend take on another swimming challenge, attempting to swim Lake Windermere.

“We have raised just over £2,500 through the Channel swim and are trying to raise £5,000 in total to make a difference to sick, disabled and terminally-ill children in the area.”

To support Sean and Paul visit or any cheques can be made payable to Charity for Kids and sent to 41 Augustus Way, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7NR.